What to expect from counselling

How can Counselling help me?

Personal Counselling is a way to talk about your situation, your feelings of anxiety and uncertainty, in a safe, secure and positive environment.  It doesn’t have to be a long term commitment, but ‘saying it aloud’ makes it real and also relieves the pressure of carrying your concerns alone.

Counsellors provide a very special relationship for their clients. You will be listened to and understood in a way that you may not have experienced before. What you discuss with your counsellor is kept confidential (subject to legal and ethical exceptions) allowing you to explore thoughts and feelings which you may not be able to discuss with family and friends.

Counselling isn’t about us giving you advice; it is about enabling you to decide what is best for you to be happy in your life.

How does counselling work?

There has been a lot of research into what makes counselling successful with a number of different factors identified. The two most important factors are your commitment to the process and the strength of the relationship that you have with your counsellor. Both of these are important if you are going to feel safe within the counselling relationship to work with what you need to and get the most out of counselling..

Counselling can be a hard process to undertake. It is an opportunity for you to discuss and explore thoughts and emotions which may be very difficult, painful and embarrassing. To keep you safe during this process it is necessary for counselling to be a boundaried activity. Sessions last for 50 minutes and will occur weekly and reviewed regularly. For counselling to be successful it is important that you are able to commit to weekly sessions, at least during the early stages. We will work on a one to one basis, with you setting a pace that is comfortable for you.

What is person centred counselling?

‘The counsellor works with you to create a non-judgmental, empathic, therapeutic relationship. and by working together you are able to find a better understanding of your issues, therefore enabling ways forward to be explored.’   BACP 2017

Person centred counselling is a non-direct talking therapy created in the 1940’s by an American psychologist Dr Carl Rogers, which he designed to work upon the belief that we as people are unique individuals in our existence and possess the inner ability to grow as people in our own way given the right conditions.

At the very centre of this approach is the belief that you are the expert on your life and only you are capable of making the right decision for you when it comes to choosing the direction in which you wish to grow

In Person centred counselling, the counsellor works at creating the right environment in which a client feels able to look at themselves and develop a greater understanding of their own thoughts, feelings and meanings. The counsellor is not there to analyse the client or give them advice, but instead to be along side them, supporting them and helping them to explore their own issues, with the belief that the client will come to find their own ‘answers’.

We are not there to judge or tell you what to do, simply to be warm, accepting and honest with you, while working to understand what it means to be you in your world.

1-1 counselling

You will be supported by your counsellor who will care for you and endeavour to understand your experience whilst offering support along the way as you change and grow. The journey can be a difficult and sometimes may be distressing as you could be visiting things which have been locked away and not dealt with fully. Many people who enter into counselling find it to be a life changing experience. The process of counselling facilitates deep personal insight and increasingly meaningful self acceptance. These qualities are then usually taken into personal and work relationships and are a catalyst for wider change and fulfilment.

Everyone welcome, groups and 1-1 sessions available.

Locations. LS26 near to Rothwell & Wakefield, close to motorway, on bus routes with free parking and LS7 Scott Hall Road, close to Leeds centre, good bus routes with free parking.